X

Saturday 20
April

Crystal Palace

'Cruel' Speroni turn of events - Hodgson

21st January 2019, 09:48 by Aidan Perkins

Roy Hodgson has praised veteran keeper Julian Speroni despite his mistake that cost a goal at Liverpool upon his return to the side.

The Crystal Palace boss was forced to turn to 39-year-old Speroni as both Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita were unavailable for the trip to Anfield to take on the Premier League leaders on Saturday.

Speroni was caught out when he palmed a cross from James Milner goalwards and Mohamed Salah turned the ball over the line for Liverpool's crucial third of the afternoon as the Reds eventually won a see-saw game 4-3.

Hodgson had sympathy for Speroni, who performed admirably apart from his mistake when being drafted back into the side.

"For a 39-year-old keeper who has not played for a year and a half, it’s very cruel," he said. "But we all know that what you get and what you deserve are two very, very different things."

Palace led 1-0 and pegged Jurgen Klopp's side back to 2-2 before going down to a narrow defeat and Hodgson was proud of the Eagles' efforts.

He added: "I’m proud of the team’s performance. I thought it was excellent, both defensively and offensively.

"On another occasion, I would have been standing here as I was after Manchester City , feeling not only good about the performance but the result, too. Now all I have to feel good about is the performance."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

More Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Palace target should stay - Frank

19th April 2019, 19:15

Brentford boss Thomas Frank knows defender Ezri Konsa is a Premier League target, with Crystal Palace said to be among the clubs keen.

Crystal Palace

Palace midfield dealt injury blow

19th April 2019, 16:11

Roy Hodgson has confirmed Jeffrey Schlupp will not play again this season ahead of their game against Arsenal.

Crystal Palace

Kirby wins McPhillips praise

18th April 2019, 17:07

Crystal Palace youngster Nya Kirby has won the praise of Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips after working his way into his loan club's XI.

Crystal Palace

Milivojevic clears up national team situation

18th April 2019, 10:52

Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic has denied ever turning his back on Serbia after 10 months in the international wilderness.

Crystal Palace

Kick It Out call for Hennessy to be educated

17th April 2019, 14:13

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey requires "appropriate education", according to Kick It Out.

Crystal Palace

Palace facing Wan-Bissaka battle

17th April 2019, 14:12

Crystal Palace will have a battle on their hands to keep Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer with Manchester United upping their interest.

Recent Sport Headlines

Arsenal

Ramsey set to return before season ends

20th April 2019, 08:37

Aaron Ramsey could return before the season ends and may not have played his last game for the club after all.

Manchester United

Time for reality check - Solskjaer

20th April 2019, 08:16

Ahead of a crucial few weeks for the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes some members of his squad need a "reality check".

Tottenham Hotspur

Pochettino ready for battle

20th April 2019, 08:12

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino knows Manchester City will be fired up when they face them again on Saturday.

Manchester City

City will be out to win it all next term - Guardiola

20th April 2019, 08:10

Pep Guardiola will launch another attempt to win the quadruple with Manchester City next season after missing out this term.

Cricket

Hales absence due to 'personal reasons'

19th April 2019, 19:25

Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales missed Friday's One-Day Cup game against Lancashire due to "personal reasons", the county have said.

Burnley

Dyche upbeat over Defour progress

19th April 2019, 19:24

Sean Dyche says Steven Defour is "making very good progress" after calf surgery as he hopes to be fit for next season.

Boxing

Khan wants to silence critics

19th April 2019, 19:24

Amir Khan says he wants to beat Terence Crawford in Saturday’s bout to “prove a point” to his doubters.

Match Previews

Everton v Manchester United

19th April 2019, 19:22

Manchester United continue their quest for a top-four finish when they travel to Everton on Sunday afternoon.